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Congress Expands the Oil Pollution Act to Reach Spills Originating Outside of the U.S.

The Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017 amends the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act to hold foreign-based offshore facilities liable for spills entering U.S. waters - New law establishes oil spill liability in the...more

Supreme Court Rules WOTUS Challenges Properly Before Federal District Courts

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In an important procedural decision, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the 2015 Obama-era rule re-defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act were properly before...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Water conservation during California drought led to reduced energy use and less pollution - Los Angeles Times - Jan 12 In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown called on the people of the most...more

SPCC Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Acton, Massachusetts Oil Storage/Distribution Facility Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Bursaw Gas and Oil, Inc. (“BGO”) entered into a December 21st Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) addressing alleged violations of the Clean Water Act Oil...more

U.S. Approves New Tariffs on Solar Cells

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced that the Trump Administration approved recommendations to impose safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. The USTR made the...more

Vietnam's New Solar PPA: Strong Developer Interest Despite Bankability Concerns

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Vietnam's draft model power purchase agreement ("Model PPA") for solar power projects issued in April 2017 departed from international market practice and fell short on bankability. The Action: Vietnam has...more

San Joaquin Valley Oil and Gas Operators Take Note: New Emission Rules and Compliance Deadlines

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In March 2017, the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) adopted regulations for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities (“Methane Regulations”), which impose emission controls for oil and...more

Contaminated Sediment Sites: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sample CWA/CERCLA Memorandum of Understanding

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued a November 21st document related to contaminated sediment sites titled: Sample CWA/CERCLA Memorandum of Understanding for Regions, States, Tribes, and...more

Muddy Waters: Stormwater Permits Not Meant to Control Flooding or Flood Losses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Those living in communities subject to North Carolina Stormwater Permits or local stormwater management easement agreements are increasingly alarmed as rainy weather, even without a named storm, causes property to saturate...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - 2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing - Reuters - Jan 17 If elected officials get their way, the entire West Coast of North America could be putting a price on pollution by the end of this...more

Storage Tank/Licensing Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Strong, Arkansas Storage Tank Owner Enter...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Dimum, Inc. dba Jade Foods (“DI”) entered into a January 20th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control and...more

Yet Another ET Rover Pipeline Accident

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The ET Rover Pipeline through Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania suffers yet another environmental accident. I have documented past problems with the construction of the ET Rover pipeline. Last week, yet...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

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A policy memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) during December 2017 clarifies how the agency will apply and enforce certain facets of the New Source Review regulations following a pair of...more

EPA Approves Use of Updated ASTM Phase I Standard for Forestland, Rural Property

by McGuireWoods LLP on

ASTM International on Jan. 3, 2017, updated its Phase I environmental site assessment standard for assessing large rural and forestland properties. This Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I...more

New Report Highlights Progress and Growth Potential of Solar Industry

A new report from Baird Equity Research outlines the inroads made by solar energy the past two years and projects the industry’s continued growth over the long term. In particular, the report cites increased installations,...more

Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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Reversing a long-standing federal legal position, the US Interior Department recently stated that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not impose liability for the incidental take of protected birds. The 41-page...more

California Mining Board to Address Environmental Problems Created by Backfill Regulation Affecting Gold and Other Metallic Mineral...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s State Mining and Geology Board had a busy 2017 with ongoing rulemakings to implement SMARA reform enacted in 2016. The Board’s 2018 will be busy and one to closely watch too, in particular, because the Board...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and City of Mitchellville, Arkansas Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Mitchellville, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a December 5th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) alleging violations of the Clean Water Act National...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

by Perkins Coie on

In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee: January 23rd Meeting

The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee has scheduled its 2018 first quarter meeting for January 23rd. Items on the agenda include... ...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2018

by King & Spalding on

Gas Market Reform in Asia: an Update on the Implementation of Third Party Access to LNG Import Terminals - The rise of natural gas and LNG in Asia continues apace, fuelled by a convergence of plentiful global LNG supply,...more

Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

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